Let’s be honest, many of us were wondering what the status of the Kindle DX would turn out to be after the recent price cuts on both the Kindle and the nook made it seem more than a little bit overpriced for the times. Thankfully, Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) has responded and then some with an update to the device. The new Kindle DX has greatly improved screen contrast, a more inviting graphite exterior, and most importantly a greatly lowered $379 price tag.
Now, nobody’s going to claim at this point that the DX is a game changer. It was a great idea that turned out to be impractical for many of its intended audience. The screen refresh is too slow for students used to flipping back and forth before they lose their train of thought, and the size was often found to be prohibitive to easy transportation in crowded areas. That part hasn’t changed. While it may appeal only to a slightly smaller audience than intended, however, this is a great eReader. It’s the only one I have used that has given me perfect, or near perfect, display on every PDF I’ve thrown at it, it’s amazingly easy to read and just simulates the feel of a hardcover better than the usual 6″ screen, and it has all the usual great features you expect from an Amazon eReader. Fortunately they ship on July 7th. I can’t wait to get my upgrade.
On June 15, the biggest update since the launch of the Kindle DX was released. The new version 2.5 update has a cool feature that owners of the Kindle 2 to send updates to Twitter and Facebook from the Kindle using Sprint’s 3G network. Information is so widely shared these days that it is only natural that the Kindle should add that capability.
Once you install the update, link your Kindle to Twitter or Facebook in the Kindle browser. Once the browser is connected to the social networks, you can select text from whatever books you choose and tweet them to your followers. The text will show up with a kindle hashtag and a link so the passage selection has to be pretty short. more
If you would rather share an annotation of a book you are reading, use the annotation tool to select the text and save and share your Twitter and Facebook friends or with the Kindle community. There is a Highlights section in the Kindle community where you can go see what fellow Kindle users are reading. This is a good way to find reviews and suggestions for books to read.
This is a good way to share favorite quotes or lines in a book quickly. The drawback is that the space is limited, but if you have to, you can always create a set of multiple tweets on the same passage. This would be a great online discussion or book club starter. If this feature takes off, it will be fun to see passages from well known or much loved books shared and discussed.